John Wooden Interiors (JWI) is a full service design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial interiors. JWI works across various design styles, the common thread being a clean, well-edited blend of elements always reflecting the client’s lifestyle.
Wooden, principal and designer, was highly influenced and inspired by his experience studying in Paris and falling in love with the Picasso Museum, the work of Diego Giacometti, and of Philippe Starck. After having graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco he relocated to Southern California and now has over 20 years of interior design experience.
Dustin Dorr, designer, has degrees in architecture and interior design as well as professional experience as a graphic designer. Dorr is the son of an antique collector/dealer, which informs his keen eye and refined aesthetic.
In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.
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Robert Rauschenberg, (1925-2008), was an American artist who came to prominence in the 1950’s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Rauschenberg is well known for his “Combines” of the 1950’s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance.Josef Albers, one of his painting instructors, taught a strict discipline which did not allow for “uninfluenced experimentation”. Rauschenberg described Albers as influencing him to do “exactly the reverse” of what he was taught. Rauschenberg’s approach was sometimes called “neo-Dadaist”. He said he wanted to work “in the gap between art and life” suggesting he questioned the distinction between art objects and everyday objects. In a famously cited incident of 1953, Rauschenberg obtained a drawing by his colleague de Kooning for the express purpose of erasing it as an artistic statement. The result is titled Erased de Kooning Drawing. He also was noted for his monochromatic series, White Paintings, Black Paintings and Red Paintings.